Police have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the recent attacks on car dealerships in the city of Limassol in the last few days.
Limassol CID say a 28-year-old Syrian national has been remanded in police custody for eight days. Investigators believe that a criminal gang had been paid to carry out the attacks and the motive may be financial differences the victims have with other individuals.
An electric vehicle dealership in Limassol was the target of a bomb in the early hours of Thursday morning almost 24 hours after several cars at another dealership in the city were destroyed in an apparent arson attack – causing €100,000 worth of damage.
In a separate incident that occurred on Wednesday, police say gun shots were fired against another business on Spyros Kyprianou Avenue although investigators are still looking into a possible connection.
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“We are currently looking into a possible connection with regards to these incidents,” said Police Spokesperson Andreas Angelides.
“One suspect has been arrested. We are looking into the possibility that a criminal group is behind the attack.”
The car belonging to the 28-year-old man had been spotted moving suspiciously at Dodekanisou Street – where the electric vehicle dealership is situated – moments before the explosion occurred.
Witnesses also say that they saw two men wearing hoods in the car – which was later found in flames on the side of a road in Limassol.
The suspect has so far told police that the car had been stolen but that he had failed to report it to police.